Students examine the arguments for and against the United States involvement in the Vietnam War. In groups, they must assign the Vietnam War a just or unjust war using the techniques used to fight and the reasons used by the government to declare war. They present their ideas to the class making sure to support their arguments. To end the lesson, they develop viable alternates to war.
Students examine the US Declaration of Independence. They discuss the sacrifices involved in obtaining independence and explore the Civil War. In groups, students declare independence from something and write their own declaration and present it to the class. They devise a public relations campaign to advertise their day of declaration.